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KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter walked into council chambers Monday night and wondered why members of his family were in the audience.
Council had met in closed session, and emerged from behind closed doors to vote on hiring Land Design, a consulting firm, to assist the town.
Councilman Morris Russell asked the council to approve adding a proclamation to the night’s agenda. He didn’t get specific.
When it was time for the proclamation to be approved, Mayor Wayne Rhodes began talking about all the things Hunter, 81, has done for the town of Kershaw. He said Hunter has helped cut grass, trim limbs and paint around town buildings. Hunter has also helped him acclimate to his role as mayor, Rhodes said.
“He has done one heck of a job,” Rhodes said. “He works hard. The town of Kershaw has a person who is dedicated.”
Hunter has served as a councilman for 10 years and is mayor pro tem. For his outstanding, continuing service to the town, council members declared Dec. 11, 2010, as Wade Hunter Day.
“I think Kershaw is a wonderful town,” Hunter said. “It’s a wonderful town to raise your children in.
“It’s a wonderful place to grow old, because there’s not a lot of traffic,” he added, with a laugh.
Hunter has been a member at First
Baptist Church of Kershaw for 40 years. He’s been married to his wife, Doris, for 60 years. He served in World War II.
His accomplishments were embroidered on a blanket presented to him by council.
“This is to celebrate who you are,” Councilwoman Genny Hendrix said, in presenting the blanket. It was also embroidered with the phrase, “Respected always.”
On a lighter note, council also presented Hunter with a lime green T-shirt that read, “Wade’s Work Shirt.”
After council’s brief meeting, town officials and members of Hunter’s family congratulated him on his recognition.
“I think he looked kind of shocked, didn’t he?” Councilman Randy Seegars said. “We finally got one over on him.”
Hendrix said she has been to several funerals lately that celebrated people’s lives. She thought it would nice to recognize Hunter for his accomplishments now.
“He just does so many things that have nothing to do with the oath he took,” Hendrix said, with tears in her eyes. “I just wanted to do something right, and I believe this is right.”
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